Concise overview of Waterloo, but more about its aftermath.
Alan Forrest is a Professor of Modern History at the University of York, UK. He has published widely on French revolutionary and Napoleonic history, especially on social history and on the military and is the author of a biography of Napoleon.
It feels as though he’s put together his undoubtedly extensive lecture notes to take advantage of the 200th anniversary of the battle and the associated interest but with a different slant to most by looking at the memory rather than the event.
If you are looking for an extensive book on Waterloo you will be disappointed. However if you are looking for knowledge as to how the battle has been remembered by the victors, the vanquished and elsewhere then this will be an interesting read.
Particularly interesting how the Germans view Waterloo as they consider the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig as the decisive battle, with Waterloo no more than a historical aside.
Not a great read, but a useful insight into the memory of Waterloo as a propaganda tool and an icon of British military prowess (according to Wellington who airbrushes the Germans out of his later accounts…)